Welcoming the newest arrivals into the world isn't just a job for nurse Kristy Latske. Her friends and fellow labor and delivery nurses at Stillwater Medical Center say she truly loves helping new parents.
"Kristy is probably the most genuine and caring person that I know. One of the things that makes her so special and such an asset to our unit," says co-worker Nicole Rivard, who nominated Kristy for First Fidelity Bank's Pay It 4Ward.
For more than a decade, Kristy has been making little headbands with decorations on them for the newborn baby girls, and onesies with neckties painted on them for the newborn baby boys.
"I really didn't realize how much work and detail goes into it," Rivard said. "But she cuts the ribbon out, she curls it, she sprays little stuff on the ribbon so it doesn't get all mashed up."
For Kristy, the tiny crafts are personal.
When parents experience unimaginable loss, she makes sure they get pictures and small mementos, knowing it might be all they get to take home.
"My mom lost a baby when she was pretty young... 40 years ago... and they didn't do anything like that, you didn't get to see your baby," Kristy said.
Kristy's fellow nurses wanted to make sure she knows all she does for new moms and dads doesn't go unnoticed. They were thrilled to surprise her with $400, and so was First Fidelity Bank's Steven Schreiber.
"We're really happy to help Kristy because of the way she helps with her community, it really falls in line with the culture we uphold here at First Fidelity Bank," Schreiber said.
Kristy's friends plotted to surprise her for weeks, and Kristy was thrilled to receive the gift. She says she plans to put the money toward making more crafts for her tiny patients.
"I'm so happy, and so surprised!" Kristy said.